Friday, July 17, 2009

Digital Image Processing

Are you interested in Digital Image Processing (DIP), but don't know where to start? Well, I have good news there are two routes that just might suite your needs. First is Matlab's Toolbox for Image Processing. The DIP Toolbox is a very powerful set of commands that will make image processing as easy as pie. Not to mention that Mathworks has excellent documentation on all its functions. However this might not be an option for some, since it does cost money if your university doesn't have access to it.

The other highly regarded option is to get OpenCV. OpenCV is the "Open Computer Vision" library written in C, meaning maximum performance. This library was originally created and developed by Intel Corp. which focused on optimizing the code as much as possible, and I have to say, they did a very good job, however, doing certain tasks that you take for granted in Matlab might not be an easy task for OpenCV and C/C++. If you want to learn more about OpenCV, I suggest using the Yahoo! Group called OpenCV. This group is a very active community of imaging experts and novices that discuss anything OpenCV/imaging related. There is also a very nice book by O'Reilly that serves as an aid in learning OpenCV. Here are some links that I have found useful for OpenCV:

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